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Florida tourism: 116.5M visitors set record despite Hurricane Irma

Florida tourism: 116.5M visitors set record despite Hurricane Irma

Despite Hurricane Irma — a force that pushed thousands to evacuate their homes and briefly shut down Orlando’s theme parks — Florida set a record for tourists with an estimated 116.5 million in 2017, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday.

His announcement broke the record set for 2016 by more than 3 percent…

Orlando's Spring Break could draw 2.9 million visitors — and AAA has it ranked No. 1

Orlando's Spring Break could draw 2.9 million visitors — and AAA has it ranked No. 1

Spring Break is in the air as attractions owners are preparing for long — and profitable — days when business dramatically rises.

“It’s one of the best times of the year for us,” said Sam Haught, co-owner of Wild Florida in rural Osceola County’s Kenansville.

In a slow January, about 6,000 visitors…

IAAPA president takes new job at Lake Mary company

IAAPA president takes new job at Lake Mary company

Paul Noland is leaving his position as president and CEO of Orlando-based IAAPA and taking a new job at Lake Mary technology firm accesso.

Noland will replace CEO Steve Brown, accesso announced Friday. IAAPA, or International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, announced Noland’s departure…

Disney will raise ticket prices for theme parks in Orlando

Disney will raise ticket prices for theme parks in Orlando

Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will increase, effective Sunday.

The increase comes as Disney tries to even out attendance throughout the year so guests aren’t stuck waiting in line and have a better time.

Walt Disney World posted record-breaking attendance in the quarter that ended in December,…